Nadia Odlum is an emerging artist based in Sydney, Australia. Their practice investigates the material conditions of urban environments, and their impact upon social and community relations. With characteristic playfulness and an abstract geometric language, they create immersive works that evoke personal and collective experiences of urban life. Their works span painting, drawing, sculpture, artists’ books, performance collaborations, public artworks and pedagogical projects.

Nadia has exhibited in galleries and public spaces across Australia and internationally. This includes presentations at the Art Gallery of NSW, Carriageworks, Artspace, Murray Art Museum Albury, Home of the Arts (HOTA) and MANA Contemporary USA, as well as public art commissions for Urban Art Projects and the City of Parramatta Council and pedagogical projects for Kaldor Public Art Projects and The Powerhouse Museum.  

Nadia's education includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts (First Class Honours) at the National Art School in 2012 and a Master of Fine Arts by Research at UNSW Art & Design in 2016, receiving the Australian Postgraduate Award. They were finalist in the 2023 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship held at Carriageworks, and have received numerous grants and prizes including the Helen Lempriere Scholarship, The Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Scholarship SCA Student Travel grant and the Dyason Bequest. Nadia has been an artist in residence at Cite Internationale des Arts (Paris), The Wassaic Project (New York), Palazzo Monti (Brescia, Italy) and Parramatta Artists’ Studios (Sydney).

At present, Nadia Odlum is a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney. Their research focuses on intersections of contemporary art and play, and the potential for public art to create opportunities for intergenerational play in urban space. They are part of the Australian Research Council funded project ART/PLAY/RISK: An interdisciplinary approach to building child friendly cities

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Photo by Jacquie Manning, courtesy of Parramatta Artist's Studios 

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